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A student who has completed their undergraduate dental degree and has entered an accredited program in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry combined with a Masters degree. This can be either a 2 or a 3 year training program. Students in this category may be referred to as Residents for their clinical activities.



CAPD/ACDP Graduate Student Research Presentations

Prix ACDP/CAPD des Présentations de travaux de recherche d’étudiants diplômés

The annual Graduate Student Research Presentations and Award is available to Canadian graduate students in pediatric dentistry who present their research topics at the CAPD/ACDP Annual Conference.

Each year, 5 Graduate students will be invited to the Annual Conference to present their research. Invited students are eligible for the CAPD/ACDP Graduate Student Award of $1000 which is awarded to the best presenter as determined by a panel of judges. 

In addition to qualifying for the CAPD/ACDP Award, CAPD/ACDP will provide each presenter with Complimentary registration for the Conference Scientific Sessions. as well as return transportation from the presenters home town to the Conference, plus 2 nights accommodation.

L’édition annuelle des Présentations de travaux de recherche d’étudiants diplômés est disponible pour les étudiants diplômés canadiens en dentisterie pédiatrique qui présentent leur sujet de recherche lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle de l’ACDP/CAPD.

Chaque année, cinq étudiants diplômés sont invités au congrès annuel afin de présenter leur travail de recherche. Les étudiants invités sont admissibles au prix ACDP/CAPD de 1 000 $ décerné à l’étudiant ou à l’étudiante qu’un jury aura choisi(e) à titre de meilleur(e) présentateur ou présentatrice. 

En plus d’être admissibles au prix ACDP/CAPD, les présentateurs se verront offrir par l’ACDP/CAPD l’inscription gratuite aux séances scientifiques de son congrès annuel.

  • le transport aérien aller-retour vers la ville hôte de l’assemblée annuelle;
  • deux nuits d’hébergement à l’hôtel où se tient le congrès; et·
  • l’inscription gratuite à toutes les séances du congrès, y compris les activités sociales.

2024 Instructions For Submissions Of Scientific Abstracts

Please note that the 2024 deadline for submission of Abstracts is July 5, 2024

Directives 2024 pour le dépôt des abrégés scientifiques

Veuillez noter que la date limite de dépôt des abrégés est maintenant fixée au 5 juillet 2024.



LAB813, a Novel Probiotic, Reduces Dental Hard Tissue Demineralization in Mice

Spagnuolo. A., Liu A., Nainar H., Lévesque C., Gong S.G.
University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry

Background: Despite the availability of oral preventive modalities, dental caries remains one of the most common chronic conditions affecting children worldwide. Innovative oral preventive therapeutics are urgently needed. One such modality is the use of “friendly” bacteria or probiotics. We identified a novel strain of the oral commensal Streptococcus salivarius LAB813 from the mouth of a healthy child. We have extensive in vitro data showing that LAB813 is highly effective in inhibiting cariogenic bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans. Before initiating human clinical trials, pre-clinical studies are needed to test the effectiveness of LAB813 probiotic against caries.

Objectives: To test the efficacy of LAB813 in reducing dental hard tissue demineralization and its ability to colonize dental hard tissues in an in vivo mouse model of caries.

Methods: BALB/cJ mice were fed a high sucrose diet and inoculated with either S. mutans, LAB813 or both for 5 consecutive days. Groups of mice (n=3) included: G1- sham control, G2 – carrier alone, G3 – S. mutans alone, G4 – S. mutans followed by LAB813, and G5 – LAB813 alone. After 21 days, the mandibles were dissected and processed for micro-computed tomographic scans, which were used to analyze the enamel mineral densities (EMD) of the first mandibular molars. An additional 5 mice were used to test the dental colonization ability of LAB813 and S. mutans by selective plating of bacteria on agar plates.

Results: Comparison of the mineral densities of the first molars showed that G3 (S. mutans) and G5 (LAB813) exhibited the lowest (1.88 g/cm3) and highest (1.94 g/cm3) EMD, respectively. Statistically significant differences in the EMD were observed between G3 (S. mutans) and G5 (LAB813) (p=0.002), and between G3 (S. mutans) and G4 (S. mutans and LAB813) (p=0.025). Inoculated LAB813 and S. mutans were found to be still present in the dental hard tissues 5 days after inoculation.

Conclusions: Our findings provided evidence for the ability of LAB813 to decrease enamel demineralization, suggesting the potential of LAB813 to be used as an anti-caries agent. Further studies are currently underway to test the effectiveness of LAB813 in different delivery systems, e.g., as a non-invasive topical agent, followed by the initiation of clinical trials. LAB813, therefore, offers significant potential in reducing childhood caries, a serious chronic disease.

The 2023 3M Presenters and Topics

Les présentateurs et sujets 3M 2023

Dr. Kevin Amaniampong,  University of British Columbia.
A Comparison of Virtual Health and In-Person Consultation for Full Mouth Rehabilitation in BC Children’s Hospital

Authors and affiliations

Kevin O. Amaniampong1,2, Jennifer C. Park1,2 and Joy M. Richman1,2 Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia1 , British Columbia Children’s Hospital2,

Vancouver, Canada


The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a drastic change in dental care across the globe, particularly in the area of virtual consultations or teledentistry. Our primary objective was to determine if differences exist between the estimated and actual numbers of teeth requiring treatment and the time required under general anesthesia for treatment in virtual and in-person dental consultations. Secondarily, we assessed the distance from the primary residence to BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) for families who used virtual consults and in-person consultations.


A retrospective chart review was conducted on patients aged 1.3 -18.7 years who underwent fullmouth dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia at BCCH. Charts were gathered for July 2020, November 2020, March 2021, and June 2021. Data were collected for both types of consultations and included patient demographics, estimated treatment information (predicted treatment time, number of teeth planned for treatment), presence of caregiver-obtained pretreatment photographs, and actual treatment outcomes. The average percent difference was calculated by determining the difference between predicted and actual values and expressing this difference as a percentage of the predicted value. One-way ANOVA with Tukey’s post hoc testing and unpaired T-tests were performed using Prism V10.0. Human ethics # H21-02433.


A total of 321 patients [Mean Age = 76.277± 49.4 months] were included. There were 183 (57%) in-person and 138 (43%) virtual consultations. Out of the virtual consultations, 97 (70%) included pretreatment photographs, while 41 (30%) did not include pretreatment photographs. The average difference in the predicted versus the actual time needed for treatment was significantly higher in virtual consultations without pretreatment photographs (31.2%) compared to both in-person consultations (22.3%, p-value = 0.007) and virtual consultations with pretreatment photographs (21.9%, p = 0.01; Figure 1). No significant differences were found in the percentage difference in teeth treated between the conditions. Significant differences (p = 0.003) were observed between the average distance traveled to the hospital between all virtual (138km) and in-person (60.8km) patient consultations. 


Our findings suggest that virtual dental consultations can be effective for planning dental treatment under general anesthesia, especially for families who live farther away. Our study highlights the importance of photographs in treatment planning for VH patients. Our study may lead to the more widespread adoption of virtual consultations for a variety of dental treatments.

Dr. Mayhay Ho, University of British Columbia
Primary Caregiver Satisfaction with Virtual Health versus In-Person Consultations for Full Mouth Rehabilitation in Children

Mayhay Ho, Jennifer C. Park and Joy M. Richman

Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia and British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada


The COVID-19 pandemic imposed clinic closures at the B.C. Children’s Hospital (BCCH) and greatly reduced capacity due to public health guidelines. The Dental Department implemented virtual health (VH) consultations for children who were referred for full mouth dental rehabilitation under general anaesthesia (GA). The objectives of this study are:

1. To determine the satisfaction and perception of primary caregivers with VH vs. in-person (IP) dental consultations

2. To evaluate whether improvements can be made to the current VH visit format

3. To determine whether families would like VH consultations to continue post-pandemic


Participants were primary caregivers of children (1-17-years) who attended an IP or VH consultation at BCCH from January 2021 to July 2023. Caregivers were excluded if they attended both IP and VH consultations within 1 year, attended a VH consultation by telephone only, or if they did not consent to be contacted by email.

Participants were emailed the link to the BCCH QI/QA REDCap site. The anonymous survey contained questions about demographics, caregiver satisfaction and perceptions. Participants in the VH group also completed a standardized telehealth usability questionnaire (TUQ; Fung et al., 2020). In addition, caregivers who attended IP consultations were invited to complete the survey in person.


A total of 238 caregivers completed the survey of which 185 were complete (response rate of 22.0%).

VH families (N=45) are mostly from rural settings compared to IP families (N=140). IP caregivers ‘completely’ agreed with the 10 satisfaction statements 70.5-85.3% of the time similar to VH caregivers (66.7-84.6% of the time). The average TUQ score (scale 1-4) was 3.55. Once a family had used VH, they were very likely to use this format again (89.8% would use VH services again, vs. 24.8% in the IP group). The most common benefits in the VH group were time savings, ease of scheduling, and cost savings whereas the most common barrier was difficulty taking intraoral photos. The benefits felt by the IP group were meeting the dental team and ease of communication with the dental clinic whereas the most common barriers were parking and behavioural challenges of their child during the consultation.


The format of both IP and VH consultations is well-accepted by families. At BCCH the VH visits are continuing to the present day however in future, VH consultations will need to be made more user friendly to ensure all families can access this type of visit.

Dr. Aaron Miller,  University of Toronto
A Survey of Trends in Teaching and Practice of Primary Molar Vital and Non-Vital Pulp Therapy among North American Pediatric Dental Program Directors and Pediatric Dentists.

Miller, A.,1 Andrews, P.,2 Tenenbaum, H.,3 Basrani, B.,4 Lawrence, H.1

Department of Pediatric Dentistry

University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry

OBJECTIVES: In 1997, Primosch et al and in 2005, Dunston and Coll reported disagreement among both dentists and dental educators regarding primary tooth pulp therapy. Neither study included the use of MTA or biosilicates. The present study will provide an update regarding trends in teaching and practice of vital and non-vital pulp therapy in primary molars with deep carious lesions.

METHODS: A Redcap internet survey, was sent to pediatric program directors and a second for pediatric dentists currently in clinical practice. The surveys were designed as modified versions of those published by Primosch in 1997. Three follow-up requests were sent to 6700 pediatric dentists and 89 program directors in Canada and the United States. Results were summarized and analyzed using chi-square tests to allow for comparison to previous studies.

RESULTS: 841 pediatric dentists and 19 program directors completed surveys. Among dentists graduating after 2010, 76.5% reported performing an indirect pulp cap for an imminent pulp exposure, 23.5% reported performing a pulpotomy. Graduates from 2000-2009 selected indirect pulp cap and pulpotomy 49% and 51% respectively, and those graduating from 1960-1999, 56.6% and 43.4% respectively. The most popular pulpotomy medicament among pediatric dentists is MTA (39.2%) followed by formocresol (34.4%). 62% of pediatric dentists reported a change in their pulpotomy medicament since graduation, and 69.9% of those currently using MTA report having used it for 5 years or less. The most commonly taught pulpotomy medicament in training programs is MTA (56.3%) followed by formocresol (12.5%). While 95% of program directors teach pulpectomy, only 55% of practitioners perform the procedure in clinical practice. In a situation during a pulpotomy procedure in which radicular pulp is hemorrhagic and hemostasis is not achieved, dentists report initiating pulpectomy was 36% of 1960-1999 graduates, 31.5% of 2000-2009 graduates, and 22% of graduates 2010-present. In the same clinical situation, the proportion of dentists who reported extraction and appropriate space maintenance was 26.4% of 1960-1999 graduates, 37.8% of 2000-2009 graduates, and 52.7% of graduates 2010-present.

CONCLUSION: There is a shift towards minimally invasive approaches among pediatric dentists for pulp therapy in primary teeth. MTA has marginally overtaken formocresol as the most popular pulpotomy medicament. Although pulpectomy and primary tooth root canal are being taught in training programs, a declining number of dentists perform the procedures in clinical practice, with an increasing number of clinicians opting for extraction and space maintenance for teeth with necrotic or irreversibly inflamed pulps.

Winners of the 3M Oral Care -CAPD/ACDP Graduate Student Research Presentation Award

Gagnants du Prix de présentation de recherche pour étudiants diplômés 3M Oral Care -CAPD/ACDP


Montréal Joint Conference

Dr. Antonette Spagnuolo, University of Toronto

LAB813, a Novel Probiotic, Reduces Dental Hard Tissue Demineralization in Mice


Whistler Annual Conference

Dr. Alexandra Rabalski, University of Toronto

Emergency dental care in a paediatric hospital during COVID-19


Virtual Joint Conference

Dr. Erin Goertzen, University of Toronto

Investigating the learning curve in dental caries diagnosis from children's bitewing radiographs amongst dental trainees

2020 Virtual 3M Presentations Dr. Nashat Cassim, University of Toronto The Experience and Perceptions of Dental Students in Treating Adults with Developmental Disabilities
2019 Ottawa Annual Conference Dr. Kimberly Ngai, University of Toronto Ex vivo evaluation of novel antimicrobial-containing adhesive systems for bacterial inhibition and secondary caries reduction.
2018 Banff Annual Conference Dr. Léa Haikal, University of Montréal Tricalcium silicate-based cement (BiodentineTM) pulpotomies in permanent traumatised teeth with complicated fractures.
2017 Winnipeg Annual Conference Dr. Anne-Marie Moreau, University of Montréal Oral Health Status of Refugee Children in Canada.
2016 Toronto Annual Conference Dr. Edward Chan, University of Toronto Regenerative endodontic treatment of immature necrotic permanent teeth: 30-month follow-up
2015 Halifax Annual Conference Dr. Molly Ehrlich, University of Montréal Trends in Caries-Related Emergency Visits to a Paediatric Hospital.
2014 Montréal Annual Conference Dr. Brad Klus, University of Manitoba


Dr. Johnathan Woo, University of British Columbia

Composite bond strength of one and two-step adhesive systems used for restorations on primary teeth using varying acid etch application times.

Quantifying facial morphogenesis in 3D using Optical Projection Tomography

2013 Vancouver Annual Conference Dr. Aimee Castro Evaluation of the Clinical Performance of Pedo Jacket Crowns in the Treatment of Early Childhood Caries: A Prospective Clinical Study.

The Keith Titley Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Training Scholarship

La Bourse d’études supérieures en dentisterie pédiatrique du Dr Keith Titley

The 2024-2025 Deadline for submission - October 31, 2024

Le 31 octobre 2024 est la date limite pour recevoir les applications.

2023 - 2024 Keith Titley Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Training Scholarship Winners

We are pleased to announce that the 2023-24 recipient of the scholarship is Dr. Mohamed El Azrak and the runner-up is Dr. Aaron Miller. We would like to recognize all the applicants at this time and encourage them at the onset of their career in Pediatric Dentistry to emulate the qualities that made Dr. Titley the practitioner that he was. Dr Titley is a respected retired member of our community, to this day takes an interest in education, and continues to be a volunteer in both community events and dental organizations.

May your future practice take you down many paths to success.

Again, thank you for your application and best wishes in the future.

John Wiles, Chair, Scholarship Committee.


Dr. Mohamed El Azrak


Dr. Aaron Miller

Dr. Keith Titley was a full Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto from 1970 to 2008. Keith worked tirelessly as an educator in both undergraduate and graduate training in Pediatric Dentistry.

He was a mentor and a friend to many graduate trainees in Pediatric Dentistry and the products of his work are spread across Canada providing advanced oral health care to children, and education and research in Pediatric Dentistry. He was the supervisor for countless diploma theses in Pediatric Dentistry and the supervisor for as many M.Sc in Pediatric Dentistry theses.

Keith also worked tirelessly first as Chief Examiner and then as the Registrar for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. In doing so he insured the importance of advanced training in the recognized specialty programs of Canada and as such insured an examination process that was fair and equitable for all dental specialties.

Keith has also been a strong supporter and member of the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/Academie Canadienne de Dentisterie Pediatrique.

In recognition of Dr. Titley’s quiet, yet tireless work in the area of Pediatric Dentistry this scholarship of the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/Academie Canadienne de Dentisterie Pediatrique has been named in his honour.


Read the full Terms of Reference and Instructions for Application for this scholarship.

Download the Dr. Keith Titley Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Training Scholarship Application Form

(After filling in the form in Microsoft Word, follow the instructions in the Terms of Reference document above.)

Download the Dr. Keith Titley Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Training Scholarship Advisor Statement.

(After your advisor fills in the form in Microsoft Word, follow the instructions in the Terms of Reference document above.)

Le Dr Keith Titley a été professeur titulaire au département de dentisterie pédiatrique de l’Université de Toronto de 1970 à 2008. Keith a travaillé sans relâche à enseigner la dentisterie pédiatrique tant au premier qu’au cycle supérieur.

Il a été unmentor et un ami pour de nombreux étudiants diplômés se spécialisant en dentisterie pédiatrique, et les fruits de son travail rejaillissent aux quatre coins du Canada sous forme de soins buccodentaires avancés prodigués aux enfants, de formation et de recherche en dentisterie pédiatrique. Il a été directeur d’innombrables thèses de diplôme en dentisterie pédiatrique et d’aussi nombreuses thèses de maîtrise en dentisterie pédiatrique.

Keith a aussi travaillé d’arrache-pied tout d’abord comme examinateur en chef, puis comme registraire du Collège royal des chirurgiens dentistes du Canada. Ce faisant, il a mis en relief l’importance d’une formation avancée dans le cadre des programmes de spécialisation reconnus au Canada et a ainsi veillé à ce que la démarche d’examen soit juste et équitable pour toutes les spécialités dentaires.

Keith a aussi été un grand adepte de la cause de l’Académie canadienne de dentisterie pédiatrique, dont il est membre.

Reconnaissant le travail à la fois discret et inlassable du Dr Titley dans le domaine de la dentisterie pédiatrique, cette bourse de l’Académie canadienne de dentisterie pédiatrique a été nommée en son honneur.


Lire le détail des paramètres et directives de demande pour cette bourse (en anglais seulement). 

Le 31 octobre 2023 est la date limite pour recevoir les applications.

Télécharger le formulaire de demande de la bourse d’études supérieures en dentisterie pédiatrique du Dr Keith Titley (en anglais seulement).

(Après avoir rempli le formulaire en format Microsoft Word, suivre les directives figurant dans le document intitulé paramètres et directives ci-dessus.)

Télécharger le formulaire de déclaration du conseiller de la bourse d’études supérieures en dentisterie pédiatrique du Dr Keith Titley (en anglais seulement).

(Une fois le formulaire de déclaration de votre conseiller dûment rempli en format Microsoft Word, suivre les directives figurant dans le document intitulé paramètres et directives ci-dessus.)

Past Recipients of the Dr. Keith Titley Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Training Scholarship

Anciens lauréats de la bourse d’études supérieures en dentisterie pédiatrique du Dr Keith Titley

Year/l'Année Winners/Lauréat(e)s Runners-Up/Finalistes
2021 - 2022 Dr. Erin Goertzen, University of Toronto Dr. Mandeep Gill, University of British Columbia
2020 - 2021 Dr. Nashat Cassim, University of Toronto Dr. Hamideh Alai-Towfigh, University of Manitoba
2019 - 2020 Dr. Kimberly Ngai, University of Toronto Dr. Sheri McKinstry, University of Manitoba
2018 - 2019 Dr. Tara Kennedy, Universty of Manitoba Dr. Cara Yu, University of British Columbia
2017 - 2018 Dr. Cameron Grant, University of Manitoba Dr. Don He, University of British Columbia
2016 - 2017 Dr. Simrit Nijjar, University of Manitoba No runner-up declared
2015 - 2016 Dr. Alison Sigal, University of Toronto Dr. Leena Chohan, University of Toronto
2014 - 2015 Dr. Andrew Wong, University of British Columbia Dr. Marie-Lyne Gosselin, University of Toronto
2013 - 2014 Dr. Basma Dabbagh, University of Toronto Dr. Trang Nguyen, University of Toronto
2012 - 2013 No winner declared No runner-up declared
2011 - 2012 Dr. Tabitha Chng, University of Toronto Runner-Up Category not yet established
2010 - 2011 Dr. MIchael Park, University of Toronto Runner-Up Category not yet established
2009 -2010 Dr. Evan Zaretsky, University of Toronto Runner-Up Category not yet established

The Royal College of Dentists of Canada has announced the launch of the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) website. The launch of a NDSE specific website is a significant step forward in supporting prospective applicants and the broader dental community access to the most up-to-date information on the NDSE in a timely manner.

You can access the website here

The NDSE website will include information on examination fees, the registration window timeframe, and the delivery date of the NDSE. 

  • NDSE examination eligibility requirements;
  • NDSE policies and procedures;
  • NDSE protocol, including specialty specific blueprints.

In addition, there will be an option on the landing page of the NDSE website to sign up to receive all future NDSE related communications.

Le Collège royal des chirurgiens dentistes du Canada a annoncé le lancement du site Web de l'Examen national de spécialité dentaire (ENSD). Le lancement d'un site Web spécifique à l'ENSD est une étape importante dans le soutien aux candidat.e.s potentiel.le.s et à la communauté dentaire dans son ensemble pour avoir accès aux informations les plus récentes sur l’ENSD.

Vous pouvez accéder au site Web ici

Le site Web de l’ENSD inclura des informations sur les frais d'examen, la période d'inscription et la date d’administration de l’ENSD. 

  • Conditions d'éligibilité à l'ENSD;
  • Politiques et procédures de l'ENSD;
  • Protocole de l'ENSD, y compris des plans spécifiques à pour les spécialités.

De plus, il y aura une option sur la page d'accueil du site Web de l'ENSD pour vous inscrire afin de recevoir toutes les futures communications liées à l'examen.

Guideline on Student Use of CAPD/ACDP Database for Research Projects

CAPD/ACDP supports student activities, including active participation in CAPD/ACDP, access to scholarships and awards, free membership, and free meeting attendance and research.

Graduate, postgraduate, and undergraduate students who are members of the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/Académie Canadienne de Dentisterie Pédiatrique (CAPD/ACDP) may request access to the CAPD/ACDP email database for research projects in the form of surveys.

For full details on Eligibility Criteria, Documentation Required, and Process, please click here.

The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (CAPD) is the membership organization representing over 300 pediatric dentists across Canada.

L'Académie canadienne de dentisterie pédiatrique (ACDP) est l'organisme d'adhésion qui représente plus de 300 dentistes pédiatriques à travers le Canada.

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